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Zoo Keepers make it to top of Kilimanjaro

Zookeeper Kim Simmons with one of her hand-reared lion cubs Credit: Kim Simmons

A Group of Zookeepers from across the east have made it to the top of Mount Killimanjaro to raise money for the animals they care for.

Kim Simmons from Linton Zoo near Cambridge reached the summit after an overnight climb to reach the top.

Kim said. "We reached Stella Point and had a further hard push one slow step at a time, with lack of oxygen, all of us frozen and exhausted, we got to Uhuru point, Swahili meaning freedom.

One how later, at 5,895 metres (19,340 feet) we were standing on the top of the highest peak on the highest freestanding mountain in the world. The team all agreed that it was without a doubt the most physically challenging, mentally and emotionally challenging thing we had all done."

Kim Simmons from Linton Zoo Credit: Kim Simmons

Kim is hoping to raise money for an African charity called "The Lion Guardians" which helps protect lions living in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kim herself, has hand reared lion cubs in her own home.

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Lions get their share of Christmas trees

A Cambridgeshire Zoo is looking for donations of old Christmas tress to feed to its lions.

Linton Zoo near Cambridge has already had double the usual amount of donations from people.

Kim Simmons from the Zoo says the trees are fun for the lions to play with. Click above to watch a short clip.

For more information you can visit the Linton Zoo website below.

http://www.lintonzoo.com/

Lions enjoy some Christmas tree fun

7-year old Safina enjoys playing with Christmas trees at Linton Zoo Credit: ITV Anglia News

Linton Zoo near Cambridge has found an unusual way to recycle old Christmas trees as people take down their decorations on the twelfth night.

The zoo is asking for people's old trees, to give to their lions. The animals love to play with the trees and rip them to bits.

The Foote family from Linton donate their Christmas tree Credit: ITV News Anglia

The wood from the trees is also used to heat the animal enclosures.

It's the third year the xoo has taken in old Christmas trees and this year they have had double the usual amount.

The trees are used as part of the "enrichment" of the animals, trying to enhance their natural way of life.

Zuri from Linton Zoo playing with a Christmas tree Credit: Linton Zoo
Worn out by all the play, Zuri takes a nap Credit: Linton Zoo

Zoo welcomes baby giants

Sulcata Giant Tortoises hatchlings
Sulcata Giant Tortoises hatchlings Credit: Linton Zoo

Keepers at Linton Zoo near Cambridge are caring for dozens of newly hatched Sulcata Giant Tortoises.

Sulcatas are the largest mainland species of tortoise. They can weight upto 95kg and grow to 90 cm long.

The female tortoise laying her eggs
The female tortoise laying her eggs Credit: Linton Zoo

Tortoises are some of the longest lived creatures on the planet.

The Sulcata is found in the wild from the West to the East coast of Central Africa.

Baby boom at zoo

An albino wallaby joey
An albino wallaby joey Credit: Linton Zoo

Linton Zoo in Cambridgeshire is experiencing something of a baby boom.

Among the new arrivals are an albino red-necked wallaby joey which is now fully out of the pouch and can often be seen with the rest of the wallaby and red kangaroo mob

A Red Kangaroo joey
A Red Kangaroo joey Credit: Linton Zoo

The zoo's adult female red kangaroo also has a baby in her pouch.

Other arrivals include 6 Indian Star tortoises which have recently hatched. Their parents ended up at the zoo after they were seized by customs officials.

An Indian Star tortoise hatchling
An Indian Star tortoise hatchling Credit: Linton Zoo

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Zoo hosts photo-shoot

Zuri the lion
The winning shot of Zuri the lion Credit: Linton Zoo

Linton Zoo in Cambridgeshire has been welcoming photographers for behind the scenes photo-shoots.

40 photos which were taken during the events have been entered into a photography competition.

Ellis Hall (left) receives his award
Ellis Hall (left) receives his award from Colin Edwards Credit: Linton Zoo

The zoo says the standard of entries was outstanding. The winning shot of Zuri the lion was taken by Ellis Hall of Cambridge.

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